Saturday, June 11, 2011

143 Calories per Day

I know we all want the quick fix, but did you ever stop to think that you could lose 15 pounds over the course of a year if you created a 143 calorie per day deficit? Seriously, do the math.
1 lb = 3,500 calories
3,500 x 15 = 52,500 calories/365 days = 143.83

There are roughly 143 calories in:

  • one flour tortilla 
  • six hershey kisses 
  • 21 almonds 
  • 1 oz of potato chips
  • 1/4 cup of chocolate ice cream
  • one grande skim latte 
  • 6 oz of red wine or one beer 
Most of us could cut 143 calories a day out of our diet and not feel hungry or really even miss them. 

On the flip side, it's not that hard to burn an extra 143 calories a day.

  • 30 minutes of walking, about 1.5 miles or 3,000 steps
  • 15 minutes of stair climbing
  • 30 minutes of gardening
  • 30 minutes playing with kids (moderate effort)
  • 15 minutes of swimming
  • 15 minutes of biking
Think in terms of spreading this additional activity throughout the day. It doesn't have to be done all at one time. Slap on a pedometer and try to get in an extra 3,000 steps. 

I've been contemplating how fine the line is between gaining and losing weight quite a bit lately. No wonder the pounds tend to sneak up on us. 

And, a little more about the wine in this two minute news segment.

Update 10/13/2011:
Extra Tastes Can Turn Into a Pound of Weight Gain in a Week

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